Objectives and competences

The aim of the Master’s Degree in Law is to train lawyers who wish to practice a profession in law. It also represents one of the possible ways of conducting the educational courses and practices required to attend the assessment, only and national, accrediting the professional qualification for being admitted to the profession of law provided for by Law 34/2006 of 30 October, on access to the professions of lawyer and solicitor of the courts and Royal Decree 775/2011 of 3 June, approving the regulations of Law 34/2006. In accordance with the provisions of these two standards, a Master’s Degree in Law has a workload of 90 ECTS.

General skills

  1. Respect for fundamental rights of equality between men and women, the promotion of human rights and values of a culture of peace and democratic values.
  2. Possess knowledge and understanding to provide a basis or opportunity to be original in developing and/or applying ideas, often in a research context.
  3. Students should know how to apply knowledge and have the ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar broader contexts (or multidisciplinary) related to their field of study.
  4. Students must be able to integrate knowledge and handle the complexity of making judgements based on information that remains incomplete or limited, including reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgements.
  5. Students must be able to communicate their conclusions –and the latest knowledge and rationale supporting it– to public specialists and non-specialists in a clear and unambiguous manner.
  6. Students must possess the learning skills that enable them to continue their education in a way that will be largely autonomous and self-directed.

Specific competences

  1. Possess, understand and develop skills that enable the application of the specialist academic knowledge acquired in the degree in the changing reality faced by the lawyers as to avoid situations of injury, risk or conflict in relation to the interests entrusted to his or her professional exercise in courts or with public authorities and in advisory functions.
  2. Learn the techniques aimed at ascertaining and establishing the facts on the different types of procedures, especially the production of documents, interrogatories, and expert evidence.
  3. Understand and be able to integrate the defence of the clients’ rights under national and international judicial protection systems.
  4. Understand the different compositional techniques of interest and find solutions to problems using alternative methods outside the judicial process.
  5. Understand and know how to apply the rights and responsibilities of professional ethics in the client/lawyer relationship, as well as relationships with other parties, the court or public authorities and between lawyers.
  6. Understand and evaluate the various responsibilities related to the exercise of professional activities, including the basic operation of legal aid and the promotion of the social responsibility of the attorney.
  7. Know how to identify conflicts of interest and understanding their resolution techniques, establish the scope of professional secrecy and confidentiality, and preserve impartiality.
  8. Know how to identify the specific delivery requirements and the organization for legal advice.
  9. Understand and know how to apply the organizational environment in practice, as well as management and marketing of the legal profession, as well as its association, tax, labour and protection of personal data legal framework.
  10. Develop skills and abilities in choosing the right strategy for the defence of the rights of customers considering the requirements of different areas of practice.
  11. Know how to develop skills that allow the lawyer to improve the efficiency of their work and enhance the overall performance of the team or institution they work with, by means of accessing sources of information, language skills, the management of knowledge and handling applied tools and techniques.
  12. Understand, know how to organize and plan individual and group resources available in carrying out the different organizational modalities of the legal field.
  13. Know how to explain facts orally and in writing as well as draw up legal consequences with attention to context and directed to the appropriate recipient, in accordance with the procedures of each procedural level.
  14. Know how to develop professional work in specific and interdisciplinary teams.
  15. Learn to develop interpersonal skills that facilitate the exercise of the legal profession in dealings with the public, other professionals, and institutions.
  16. Ability to use relevant accounting information.